Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Letter: Ten of North's Worst Sporting Moments; Voice of the North

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Letter: Ten of North's Worst Sporting Moments; Voice of the North

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Byline: CLIVE DRAPER

AS an avid reader of The Journal, I was inspired by your recent articles on the Top Ten moments in sport.

But being by nature a miserable git, I decided to take a slightly different tack so here, in no particular order, are 10 of my worst sporting moments:

1) Ruud Gullit's suicide note. In the history of football matches between Newcastle United and Sunderland, has there ever been a more stupid decision than the one Newcastle's pig-headed manager Ruud Gullit made in 1999, leaving Alan Shearer and Duncan Ferguson on the bench and selecting the inexperienced Paul Robinson?

2) Michael Proctor's goal-fest. Michael Proctor scored twice and set up the other goal as Charlton destroyed Sunderland in a blistering first half. The only problem is, Proctor was a Sunderland player at the time.

3) Harmison's wide. Many of us excitedly stayed up through the night to watch England's defence of the Ashes in 2006 only for Durham's Steve Harmison to bowl possibly one of the widest wides ever seen in Test cricket. It was perhaps the worst start to an Ashes series in Australia since . . . well, the last one, when Nasser Hussain said "We'll bowl" in Brisbane.

4) Keegan blows his top. "I'd love it, just love it if we beat them," ranted Kevin Keegan, just confirming what some of us had been thinking for a while: that Newcastle were not going to win the 1995-96 Premiership title after all.

5) Middlesbrough caught cold. The Boro decided to call off their game against Blackburn in December 1996 because a few of their squad were feeling a bit under the weather. The three-point deduction was perhaps the least fitting way for one of the club's most talented teams ever to be relegated.

6) Jeremy Hyatt goes for a drive. Having had a drink, the instantly recognisable Newcastle Eagles basketballer decided to go for a drive, despite being banned days earlier for drink driving. …

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